You've identified the perfect abode in Milwaukee County. It has everything you want. The inspection went smoothly. Financing is lining up. Is anything missing?
Yes, potentially ... and ignoring it could have wet (and pricey) consequences.
How well was the chimney examined? Unless they undertook a detailed rooftop inspection, a home inspector can easily pass by the warning symptoms of a leaky chimney: missing or misplaced flashing, deteriorated mortar, porous brick, a cracked crown or a missing cap. If they didn't climb up on the roof for an up-close look, chances are they missed possible problem areas.
Similarly, as good as he or she might be, a home inspector can't really see inside your chimney. Shining a flashlight from below won't spot cracked flue tiles, for example, or gaps between tiles. Building codes for Milwaukee County mandate that these issues be repaired – and the longer they wait, the more expensive the fix.
As a new homebuyer in Milwaukee County, you last noises you want to detect in your new chimney are "drip, drip, drip." So, here's an answer.
For just $299, Quality Fireplace will do a complete inspection of the chimney's exterior, and a 360-degree scan of its interior. The scan uses customized video gear to identify any possible issues. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote accumulation and remove debris blockages.
Why is this a smart idea? A proactive chimney scan you with information to make a smart purchase decision. Ideally, no problems are identified. You can move ahead with confidence.
If problems are found, perhaps you request the seller to remedy them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the purchase price. The critical thing is, you know.
If a scan spots cracks or gaps, moisture might be escaping from the chimney's interior into the exterior structure. Masonry can disintegrate, spurred by the unforgiving freeze-thaw cycles in Milwaukee County.
A fix doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars. A chimney liner can be installed starting at $700, depending on the number of appliances venting into it. The key is to stop deterioration of the chimney structure before it fails.
Some surprises in life are welcome. Others – such as dripping in the chimney of your new home – are decidedly not.
Call Quality Fireplace, 262-786-4411, to ensure that your new Milwaukee County home's chimney is ready for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Milwaukee County dream home as wonderful as it seems.
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